DIY Funk Fingers

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by owiebassman, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. owiebassman

    owiebassman Guest

    Nov 17, 2008
    Bay Area, CA
    A couple of months ago I had discovered Tony Levin and how an awesome bass player he is. His skill is very prevalent in many King Crimson and Peter Gabriel albums, playing at such a virtuoso level. I can't believe I was missing this!

    I noticed that one of his many playing styles include a pair of "funk fingers," sawed-off drumsticks that attach to the index and middle fingers and then are hit on the strings of the bass, creating a slapping kind of sound when playing.

    So this got me thinking: maybe I can make some of my own and see what happens.

    Anyone want to comment on this crazy idea?
  2. budget bassist

    budget bassist Guest

    Jan 4, 2009
    i think the ones you can buy are attached with a sort of neoprene sleeve.
  3. SpamBot

    SpamBot Guest

    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    That'll be interesting, it'll take a lot of practice to get good though. I might try that, I never throw away my broken drumsticks ;)
    Anyhoo, please don't buy a new pair of drumsticks and break them. Talk to your drummer, see if he/she (gender parity ftw! :( ) has any old ones they don't want, yet are not broken in the places you need them to not be broken.
  4. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I have a pair of them, but can only find one. Ugh!!!

    They have a slit cut in them and have a elastic band with velcro fasteners.

    Oh, they're also coated with some kind of rubbery stuff. Like it was dipped in rubber cement, but not that, of course.
  5. owiebassman

    owiebassman Guest

    Nov 17, 2008
    Bay Area, CA
    That's what I heard.

    Unfortunately, the official funk fingers you can buy seem to be very hard to find.
  6. owiebassman

    owiebassman Guest

    Nov 17, 2008
    Bay Area, CA
    A drummer I play with said I can have her extra drumsticks (what a coincidence about the gender thing :eek:)
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  7. therex

    therex Guest

    Jun 24, 2007
    something i love about my country is that i can buy handmade drumstics with just 1$
  8. I know this is an old thread, but I recently tried to make a pair and I added velcro straps to attach them, but I cant seem to get them to not wobble all over when I move my fingers. Is there a better way to attach them than 3/4" velcro? I also routed out space for my finger tips because I though that would secure it more
  9. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Why not just buy the original ones? They are not so expensive. Why go to all the trouble of making your own?

  10. Closest I found to the originals:
    Funk Fingers

    I made my own, cut down and shaped to fit my fingers, used 2 strips of velcro to attach. Coated them with a rubbery plastic dip I picked up, probably at Wal Mart but it was some time ago. Don't have them handy. They didn't wobble, but I gave up on them as too much effort vs any reward. Glad I wasn't really out any money, had the Velcro and used the coating for something else.
  11. Exactly. I literally had every part I needed already. All it took was a little work to put them together and since in retired, it wasn't an issue
  12. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    The original funk fingers have some kind of plastic on the tip so they don't sound too woody. You might recreate that by putting some silicon kit on it or so.
  13. Tony said to use plastidip. That's what I've got and it works great
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  14. Pho


    Sep 30, 2021
    Any idea if he dipped it or sprayed it?
  15. I tried both and the dip was better
  16. elgranluis

    elgranluis Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    Wasn’t there a trend in the 90s where people would tape their fingers to get that sound ?